Originally Posted by coyote_5
Most likely. I see nothing on that list that would compel me to spend a dime for Battlefield premium... MAYBE the assignments.
I see no reason why EA would not follow suit on subscription type service once Activision showed it could be a nice additional revenue stream. That is the name of the game - maximizing revenue. For those of us who find this objectionable, our only hope is that the larger gaming community speak with its wallet in rejecting this avenue.
I also read in another article that EA has gotten rid of their official servers so they can rent them out. Not really gotten rid of, but for every server that is rented, we lose an EA or DICE server. All they see is $$$$. I'm glad we have our server, but I really liked the revamp that DICE did with the servers after the patch. I understand that businesses exist to make money, but these guys never stop.
I wouldn't mind the nickel and dime-ing so much if there was some kind of guarantee that it would work or you get your money back. Maybe we're wrong and this is actually affordable and a good value, but I doubt it. Not much in gaming seems to be good value anymore.
If these guys would make better games and maybe give out a thank you to gamers for buying early they would have more goodwill with customers and we all wouldn't immediately grrrr at any announcements like this. I'm not talking about reserve bonuses that are different at every retailer, I hate those. I'm thinking more like what EA/DICE did with BF3 and include an expansion pack for free if you buy one of the first run copies, or maybe some timed-exclusive maps/weapons.
Personally, I think that the "losing customers to mobile/tablet gaming" excuse is complete BS. I cannot stand playing mobile/tablet games for more than 10 minutes at a time, and you will not experience anything on a phone/tablet like BF3 for a while. I highly doubt that the kind of gamer that enjoys FPS, sports, or anything other than Tetris really can justify a mobile platform over an actual system. I think people are just being more selective with their purchases because these days a single game can cost you over $100 after all of the DLC.